Some may wonder why it matters that 95% of our herbs are grown in their Geo-Authentic or "Dao Di" regions. Health-conscious individuals are increasingly looking to traditional herbs and formulas to improve their well-being, and with this increased interest comes increased demand for particular herbs. To meet this demand, some companies grow herbs outside of their natural environment, or source them from suppliers who do.
The differences between sourcing practices that don't put geo-authenticity and sustainability at the forefront and those that do are numerous. Today, we'll focus on the benefits of more conscious sourcing practices through both how they benefit the patient taking the formula, and how they benefit the environment.
Benefits to the Patient
Optimal Nutrient Content: Geo-authentic herbs, sourced from their native regions, often exhibit superior levels of active ingredients. Factors like soil quality, climate, and traditional cultivation techniques contribute to these herbs' robust phytochemical profiles, ensuring that you receive the maximum health benefits from your herbs and formulas.
Enhanced Efficacy: Dao Di herbs benefit from thousands of years of traditional knowledge and history - by growing herbs under similar conditions to those that have been used historically, we get herbs that match the prescriptions written by herbal experts based on their experience and findings throughout the centuries.
Supporting Local Communities: Sourcing geo-authentic herbs from their native regions means supporting local communities. Our supplier builds farms and purchases herbs directly from farmers in Dao Di regions across China, many of which are economically disadvantaged. By purchasing extracts made from these herbs, you contribute to the economic well-being of these regions, helping maintain traditional farming practices and the preservation of unique herbal varieties.
Benefits to the Environment
Preservation of Biodiversity: Dao Di herb cultivation plays a crucial role in preserving biodiversity. These practices protect native plant species and the surrounding ecosystems from the threat of invasive species and habitat destruction, which can occur when agriculture shifts to more conventional methods.
Protection of Regional Herb Varieties: Unique regional varieties of herbs are prized under Dao Di focused growing practices, helping to preserve their distinctive features and benefits.
Efficient Growing: Geo-authentic herbs have evolved in harmony with their local ecosystems, meaning that they require less coaxing and assistance in growing. Dao Di herbs are more likely to thrive with minimal intervention, resulting in lower energy consumption and emissions associated with herb production.
Preservation of Indigenous Knowledge: The cultivation of geo-authentic herbs often relies on and benefits from generations of indigenous knowledge. By supporting the use of geo-authentic herbs for different traditional medicine systems, we encourage the preservation of cultural and agricultural practices that have been passed down through the ages.
Enhanced Sustainability Practices: The demand for Dao Di herbs fosters a commitment to sustainable farming practices. It encourages growers to maintain natural ecosystems, protect endangered plant species, and avoid over-harvesting, thereby promoting the long-term sustainability of these invaluable resources. Read about our supplier's commitment to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora here.
In conclusion, the advantages of using geo-authentic herbs extend far beyond personal health benefits. They contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, promote sustainable agriculture, and support local communities. By choosing geo-authentic herbs, patients not only improve their well-being but also participate in a broader movement towards a healthier and more environmentally conscious future.